DFB-Pokal 2021/22 Winner Prediction, Odds & Picks

DFB-Pokal Predictions

  • The DFB-Pokal is the principal cup competition in German soccer
  • It was founded in 1935 and is still going strong more than 85 years later
  • Bayern Munich are comfortably the most successful side in DFB-Pokal history

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The DFB-Pokal is the main cup competition in German soccer. It was launched in 1935, which makes it 28 years older than the Bundesliga. The final has been held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin every season since 1985.

The 2021/22 edition of the DFB-Pokal began on August 6 and will conclude with the final on May 21.

DFB-Pokal Winner Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook

DFB-Pokal Winner Odds Odds
RB Leipzig -320
Freiburg +150

Who Will Win DFB-Pokal 2021/22?

Bayern Munich are the heavy favorites to win the DFB-Pokal. They are by far the strongest side in German soccer and go into every season with the ambition of winning every tournament they enter. Things are no different this term, as Julian Nagelsmann attempts to match the achievements of his predecessor Hansi Flick, who won the DFB-Pokal, the Bundesliga title and the Champions League in 2020.

Bayern slipped up last season, though, and there is a possibility they could do the same this year. Bayern’s squad is not as deep as it has been in the past, and Nagelsmann may well choose to prioritize the Champions League and the Bundesliga when we get to the business end.

Borussia Dortmund are +400 to win the DFB-Pokal, followed by RB Leipzig at +1000. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are next on the list, followed by Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Who Were the DFB-Pokal 2021 Winners?

Borussia Dortmund won the DFB-Pokal 2021. BVB beat Duisburg, Eintracht Braunschweig, Paderborn, Borussia Monchengladbach and Holsten Kiel, before thrashing RB Leipzig 4-1 in the final. Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland both scored braces in the showpiece game in Berlin.

Borussia Dortmund moved level in third place on the all-time DFB-Pokal victories list, which can be seen below. The club also lifted the trophy in 1965, 1989, 2012 and 2017.

Which Team Has Won the DFB-Pokal Most?

Team and Number of Wins Most recent success
Bayern Munich – 20 2020
Werder Bremen – 6 2009
Schalke – 5 2011
Borussia Dortmund – 5 2021
Eintracht Frankfurt – 5 2018
Koln – 4 1983
Nurnberg – 4 2007
Stuttgart – 3 1997
Hamburg – 3 1987
Borussia Monchengladbach – 3 1995
1860 Munich – 2 1964
Dresdner – 2 1941
Karlsruher – 2 1956
Kaiserslautern – 2 1996
Fortuna Dusseldorf – 2 1980

Much like in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are – by some distance – the most successful side in the history of the DFB-Pokal. Not only are they the sole team to have won 20 tournaments, no other side has even reached double figures. Eleven of their 20 triumphs have come in the 21st century.

Werder Bremen are second on the list with six triumphs, followed by Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt and the current holders Borussia Dortmund on five successes apiece. As well as the 14 clubs listed above, who have each won the DFB-Pokal at least two times – 10 other teams have won the competition.

Nurnberg won the inaugural edition of the DFB-Pokal in 1935, beating Schalke 2-0 in the final.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Does DFB Cup Mean?

The DFB-Pokal, or the DFB Cup, is the equivalent of the FA Cup in England. ‘DFB’ stands for Deutscher Fussball-Bund, which is the German Football Association. The competition was called the Tschammer-Pokal until 1943.

How Important Is DFB-Pokal?

The DFB-Pokal is third on the list of priorities for major German sides, behind the Bundesliga and the Champions League (or other European competition). That said, its history and prestige means it is still a prize that every club hopes to win at the start of each season. Borussia Dortmund were certainly delighted to lift the trophy in 2021, and the runners-up RB Leipzig would have loved to win it for the first time.

How Do You Qualify For the DFB-Pokal?

All 18 Bundesliga clubs automatically qualify for the DFB-Pokal, as well as the 18 teams in the 2. Bundesliga. Four sides from the 3. Liga also take part in the DFB-Pokal, along with 24 sides from the 21 regional associations of the DFB.

How Does the DFB-Pokal Work?

Sixty-four teams participate in the DFB-Pokal each year. Unlike the FA Cup in England and the Copa del Rey in Spain, all 18 Bundesliga clubs enter the DFB-Pokal in the first round. There is seeding, however, which prevents two top-flight sides facing each other at this early stage of the tournament.

Seeding is also present in the second round to keep Bundesliga teams apart. Thereafter, there is an unseeded draw all the way to the final. All six rounds, including the final, are one-legged matches. In the event of a tie, 30 minutes of extra time is played. If the teams still cannot be separated, a penalty shoot-out ensues.

Do DFB-Pokal Winners Get Europa League?

The winners of the DFB-Pokal qualify for the following season’s Europa League, provided they do not go on to qualify via their final position in the Bundesliga. If that is the case, the Europa League spot is handed to the highest-place team in the league who has not otherwise qualified for continental soccer.

The DFB-Pokal winners also take part in the next campaign’s DFL-Supercup, a one-off game against the Bundesliga champions.

How Can I Watch the DFB-Pokal On TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the DFB-Pokal on ESPN. Kick-off times (Eastern) are usually in the afternoons of selected midweeks throughout the season.

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